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Ex IG chief to chair new bank

A new bank targeting independent financial advisers is to be launched with the former chief executive of IG Index, Nat Le Roux, earmarked as chairman.

John Rentoul: Tory policies contradict their own warnings

A long time ago in an economy far, far away, a Great Leader with a reputation as an Iron Chancellor had a Golden Rule. It said that the government should balance its books, borrowing prudently when needed and paying it back in the good times. But then, in September 2008, Lehman Brothers went bust. The economy shrank; tax revenues dried up; banks were nationalised. Rather suddenly, government borrowing was forecast to go up from about 2.5 per cent of national income to 12.5 per cent – a level that would be regarded in peacetime as disastrous, as Jon Moulton points out.

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Stephen Foley: The familiar themes in Lehman's latest drama

US Outlook: In Enron the Play, the West End smash coming here to Broadway in the spring, "the Lehman Brothers" are depicted as conjoined twins in a single over-size suit jacket.

Leading article: Lehman's dodgy figures

"Rep 105" is not perhaps the phrase that trips most often from ordinary people's tongues. That may well be about to change after yesterday's report by a US court-appointed examiner into the collapse of Lehman Brothers – the world's biggest bankruptcy and the primary cause of the credit crunch that brought the global financial system to a juddering halt in September 2008.

Numis loses chief finance officer after just four months

Numis, the city broker led by Oliver Hemsley, has parted company with it's chief finance and operating officer after just four months.

AIG bonus row rekindled by $100m 'retention' plan

Employees of AIG's disaster-stricken derivatives business are drawing renewed political fire after reneging on promises to hand back a portion of last year's bonus, and amid news that they are just days away from receiving another $100m (£63m) in "retention payments".

Diamond cashes in £5m shares for Christmas

Bob Diamond, the president of Barclays, has pocketed nearly £5m after selling 18 per cent of his shareholding in the bank.

Lord Levene: Men of all faiths and none can together restore trust in business

In an era where the chairman of a multinational firm holds more power than the leaders of most countries, boards need to revisit who they are working for, and why. We do not have to choose between principles and profits. Nor do they simply co-exist, they are co-dependent. A central challenge is how to reconcile differing needs. A shareholder wants profits. Civil Society may want a carbon neutral society. But when I look around me, at the members of the Council of Christians and Jews, I know that this can be done.

Capita falls on worries over hit from Arch funds

Capita stood out as the largest faller on the FTSE 100 index yesterday after the outsourcing company warned that it may end up bearing costs connected to two suspended Arch funds.

Ad revenue declines slow to 19 per cent at Johnston

Johnston Press, which owns the Yorkshire Post and The Scotsman, yesterday backed the "greater stability" in its advertising revenues, as the declines slowed over the past 10 weeks.

Watchdog orders advisers to compensate Lehman victims

Thousands of savers who lost more than £100m in investment plans backed by the failed banking giant Lehman Brothers may be in line for compensation after the City watchdog ordered financial advisers to look at their cases.

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